Posts Tagged ‘other’

Read the Voyages of Henry Hudson!

June 18th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, June 18, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson

(http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up, approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

June 22nd commemorates the day English navigator and adventurer Henry Hudson, his teenage son, and 7 crew members were set adrift by mutineers during a failed expedition to find a fabled route to the Indies. They were never seen or heard from again. 


At this website, you can read a fascinating account of Hudson’s failed expedition to find the “Northwest Passage” as well as details about the mutiny, Hudson’s other voyages, his life as an explorer, and information on his times, contemporaries, and crew. This is a great way to integrate language arts with history and social studies!

When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn about Hudson’s: 

  • Early Years to 1607
  • First Voyage – 1607
  • Second Voyage – 1608
  • Third Voyage – 1609
  • Fourth Voyage – 1610
  • Aftermath – 1611-on
  • Maps of Voyages
  • Hudson Family Tree

It is helpful to read this account in chronological order.  

Click on “Short Story” to read a piece of historical fiction about Hudson. It was written by Canadian writer Ian Chadwick, the creator of this website. He also offers a compilation of the “Sources & Links” he used to create this work. You can read his bio too.

There are also links to the author’s “Home” page and other websites, but we did not visit these pages, and they are not included in this review. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site, determine the suitability of the content, and supervise Internet use.

Browse the Flagler Museum

June 12th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, June 12, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum

(www.flaglermuseum.us/visiting/virtual-tours)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida with this website. The 75-room, Gilded Age mansion was built as a wedding present to Henry Flagler’s wife and was their winter retreat until his death in 1913.

Use the right side bar menu to navigate to the different floors and rooms: 

  • Whitehall Facade
  • Grand Hall
  • Library
  • Music Room
  • Courtyard
  • South Hall
  • Billiard Room
  • Grand Ballroom
  • Hotel Addition
  • Breakfast Room
  • Dining Room
  • Drawing Room
  • Flagler-Kenan History Room
  • Colonial Chamber
  • Bedrooms
  • Silver Maple Room
  • Lace Exhibit
  • Yellow Roses Room
  • Servants Room
  • Morning Room
  • Flagler Kenan Pavilion

Images, texts, and audios provide an overview of each room. When done visiting the rooms, hover over the “Exhibits” link in the top menu to keep your museum tour going.

In the 2nd, lower upper menu, choose “Teacher Resources” to find Newspapers In Education tabloids and other guides to use to supplement your tour.

Add this website to your list of stops when studying not only the Gilded Age, but also the history of Florida.

Lesson Plans about Insects!

June 9th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Orkin: Science Education

(www.orkin.com/scienceeducation)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides lessons plans and activities about the world of insects.

When you get to the site, scroll down to Orkin Man Lesson Plans and Activities & Coloring. The lesson plans include: 

  • Are You One of Us? – insect classification
  • The Art of Flying – how wings work
  • Is Seeing Believing? – compare images and drawings
  • Feeding Frenzy – how insects eat
  • Feeling Buggy – creative writing exercise

The Activities & Coloring section includes worksheets, coloring pages and interactive games all about bugs!

And check out this site: CockroachFacts. You’ll find not only easy-to-digest scientific fun facts, but also deeper information about life cycles, habitats, and other topics important to K-12 education.

Math with The Simpsons

June 8th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, June 8, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Simpsons Math Activities

(mathsci2.appstate.edu/~sjg/simpsonsmath/)

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; parents should preview and supervise)

 

In many episodes of the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons, there are references to mathematics including arithmetic, geometry, and calculus that uncover and poke fun of mathematical illiteracy. As explained at the website, “Al Jean, Executive Producer and head writer, has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University.”

Two math professors saw the potential to use math references in The Simpsons as an “ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students…”

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction, followed by a menu that includes: 

  • Mathematics on The Simpsons – Read a few articles that reveal where and how math is used in various episodes.
  • Engaging Students with Related Mathematics – Get free “Activity Sheets” based on math references in random episodes of The Simpsons. They are designed for classroom use (but can be tweaked for homeschooling) and cover concepts such as: 
    • The Pythagorean Theorem
    • Arithmetic and Number Theory
    • Pre-Calculus and Calculus
    • Probability

You’ll also find links to media coverage in which the writers and other crew members talk about the math and science in The Simpsons‘ episodes. And there are suggestions and cautions for teachers about using pop culture in the curriculum as well.

BONUS! Mathematics on Futurama! That’s right, the science fiction cartoon series has math and science references in almost every episode. One of the comedy writers on Futurama! has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard and you can read about his “inside jokes” in various episodes. The site is similar to The Simpsons math site, and contains free Futurama! math worksheets.

Note: While these programs may be pop culture icons, some contain controversial subject matter. As always, parents must preview the material and supervise Internet access.

Guess That Song

May 30th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 30, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Travel Games & Activities

(www.artistshelpingchildren.org/travel-games-activities.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Play a ‘Guess That Song’ game – and more – when traveling on long car rides or trips on a bus, train, or plane!

On this website, you’ll find an assortment of free travel games and much more including: 

  • Name That Song
  • Animal Counting Game
  • I’m Going On A Trip And I’m Bringing…
  • Funny Story Telling Game
  • Funny Poem Game
  • Spelling Bee Contest
  • Guess The Number
  • Alliteration Words Game
  • Colors Game
  • Car Color Game
  • 20 Questions
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors

Then, explore the rest of the site where you’ll find free arts and crafts indexed by theme, holiday, or alphabetically and other activities and resources such as paper folding, drawing lessons, and coloring pages.

Travel the Globe – Virtually

May 29th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, May 29, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scholastic Global Trek

(teacher.scholastic.com/activities/globaltrek/)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Virtually travel the globe to 35 different countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe with this website created by Scholastic.

After students select their destination, they receive a suggested itinerary that provides links to information about the country: 

  • Background
  • Guided Tours
  • Meet the People

Within those informative pages are other links to outside websites for a deeper exploration of a country. Students can create an online “Travel Journal” to record notes about what they have learned and then print out their journals.


With this website, students will expand their knowledge and understanding of the people, places, and environments of the countries of the world.

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